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barber

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noun bar·ber \ ˈbär-bər \

Definition of barber

:one whose business is cutting and dressing hair, shaving and trimming beards, and performing related services

Examples of barber in a Sentence

  1. He goes to a barber downtown.

  2. went to the barber to get his hair cut and his beard trimmed

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Origin and Etymology of barber

Middle English, from Anglo-French barbour, from barbe beard — more at barb


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barber

verb

Definition of barber

barbered; barbering play \-b(ə-)riŋ\
transitive verb
:to perform the services of a barber for :trim or groom the hair or beard of
intransitive verb
:to perform the services of a barber

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First Known Use of barber

circa 1616


Barber

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biographical name Bar·ber \ ˈbär-bər \

Definition of Barber

Samuel 1910–1981 American composer

BARBER Defined for English Language Learners

barber

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noun

Definition of barber for English Language Learners

  • : a person whose job is to cut men's hair


BARBER Defined for Kids

barber

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noun bar·ber \ ˈbär-bər \

Definition of barber for Students

:a person whose business is cutting hair and shaving and trimming beards


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